Guarding the entrance to Queen Charlotte Sound, Motuara Island is covered with regenerating forest and has been pest-free since 1991. It is now a fantastic wildlife refuge just a short distance from the Resort.
Birds found at Motuara Island are:
- Tieke - South Island Saddleback
- Korora - Little Blue Penguin
- Rowi - Okarito Brown Kiwi
- Toutouwai – South Island Robin
- Kereru – New Zealand Wood Pigeon
- Korimako – Bellbird
Spend a day cruising through the Queen Charlotte Sound eco-marine haven, where seals, dolphins, penguins, gannets and shearwaters abound, to visit Motuara Island. The surrounding Sound also has a resident pod of Hector’s Dolphins, thought to be the rarest marine dolphin in the world.
A Department of Conservation Marine Mammal Watch permit allows us to interact with the local wildlife along the 30 minute journey to the Island, a bird sanctuary that provides a safe haven for many rare species, including the South Island Saddleback and Bush Robin. A Flora and Fauna identification sheets and maps can be provided during your visit, with an onboard commentary by the skipper highlighting points of interest.